Walking along the beach can present walkers with all sorts of unexpected hazards. Accident Advice Helpline take a look at the hidden dangers of walking on the beach shore.
Glass and other litter
Broken glass, cans and other potentially dangerous litter, when strolling along a beach, means walkers should wear appropriate footwear for protection to avoid accidental injuries.This is even more important when going for ‘serious’ walks involving clambering about among rocks, for example.
Rocks and logs
Algae and wet surfaces on rocks or logs represent the risk of injuries by slipping and falling. Such trips or slips could easily result in cuts, bruises and even broken bones or head and back injuries. Trying to lift rocks or logs could also cause hernias or back injuries. The potential weight of logs can be deceiving, because even a small log can be extremely heavy when waterlogged.
Walking across mud flats can also be extremely dangerous. Not only are injuries by slipping likely, it has also been known for people to get trapped in wet, deep mud. This can be especially dangerous if the tide is on its way back in.
When embarking on long walks involving heading out to areas that could potentially be cut off by incoming tides, it is vital to know your tides time table. To avoid being stranded on outlying rock formations or the risk of drowning, always make sure you can safely cover the distance back to safety before the tide comes in.
Some areas are prone to sneaker waves. Impossible to predict, such waves appear without warning and frequently surging with potentially deadly force high up onto beaches. To avoid being swept out into the sea by a sneaker wave, never turn your back on the ocean, but keep your eye on it at all times. High waves in general can cause beach walking accidents, especially around exposed headlands, rocks and jetties, so it is best to avoid them, especially during and shortly after storms.
The edges of cliffs are often fragile, and standing or walking too close to these edges could result in injuries by falling from height. High waves, storms and excessive rain may also cause landslides and injuries by falling rocks and other debris.
Even the café you head for after your walk could be the scene of slips, trips and falls if spills, dropped food or clutter are not cleared up immediately.
Should you sustain an injury by tripping, falling or slipping through this kind of negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, for advice on claiming personal injury compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice